Watch for Signs of Stress on Your Team
Leadership Tip of the Week
adapted from HBR
As a manager, it’s your job to watch for signs of stress on your team so that you can intervene before someone disengages, gets sick, or needs to take a leave.
Keep an eye out for the warning signs:
- Does someone on your team seem overly tired or constantly overwhelmed?
- Have they been unable to control their emotions lately?
Of course, everyone has good and bad days, but most people can regulate their emotions in a way that’s appropriate for the workplace. Outbursts or high and low mood swings can be a sign of stress overload.
If you notice any of these signs, start a conversation with the person. You might ask a simple question, such as “Are you OK?” or “How are you doing?”
And if the person is open to talking, mention the signs you’ve observed and express your concern.